Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral, Take 2 (Childhood Doesn't Wait)

She is comfortable and so calm. Sleeping on my warm, cozy lap. I think of moving her so I can be more productive.

Get more done.

Do more.

Go more.

More, more, more.

But this time I remain still. I feel the gentle movement of her shallow breaths. I giggle as her baby drool seeps through my pants. I’m grateful for the fan whirling above me, to offset this additional body heat. 😀

She won’t always fit on this sacred space, and I won’t alway make the choice to let the rest go, and simply enjoy this sweet baby, as she’s lumbers and dreams on her mama’s lap. 


Childhood Doesn’t Wait

I was sitting on a bench
while in a nearby mall,
When I noticed a young mother
with two children who were small.
The youngest one was whining,
“Pick me up,” I heard him beg
but the mother’s face grew angry
as the child clung to her leg.
“Don’t hang on to me,” she shouted
as she pushed his hands away,
I wish I’d had the courage
to go up to her and say…
“The time will come too quickly
when those little arms that tug,
Won’t ask for you to hold them
or won’t freely give a hug.
“The day will sneak up subtly
just as it did with me,
When you can’t recall the last time
that your child sat on your knee.
“Like those sacred, pre-dawn feedings
when we cherished time alone
Our babies grow and leave behind
those special times we’ve known.
“So when your child comes to you
with a book that you can share,
Or asks that you would tuck him in
and help him say his prayer…
“When he comes to sit and chat
or would like to take a walk,
Before you answer that you can’t
`cause there’s no time to talk
“Remember what all parents learn
so many times too late,
That years go by too quickly
and that childhood doesn’t wait.
“Take every opportunity,
if one should slip away
Reach hard to get it back again,
don’t wait another day.”
I watched that mother walk away
her children followed near,
I hope she’ll pick them up
before her chances disappear.
—–Kathie Phillips Davis

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5 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral, Take 2 (Childhood Doesn't Wait)

  1. This is so true. Mine are all adults now and I would love to go back to slow down and enjoy their little hugs, smiles, and stories even if just for one day. My grandchildren are growing quickly too. One is 19 already and the other is 16 months. I have slowed down while with them to play and listen a little more than I did with my own, only because there is more time when visiting than when surviving and providing.

  2. I love what you wrote about the baby drool seeping through your pants. Love those real moments. Moments I never could have imagined before becoming a mom. We’re raising children of similar ages so it’s so easy for me to relate to your writing. I don’t have many friends raising a toddler and a baby so it’s refreshing to read your experiences and thoughts on mommy hood. I’m always nodding my head in agreement as I read your posts. Thank you again for sharing from your heart.

    1. Thank you so much Katrina! It encourages me to know that you would take the time to read and reply. I am truly humbled. I also feel fortunate to have our friendship, even with distance, knowing that our children are on such similar paths. You are such an incredible mom and I can’t wait for the next time our families have the opportunity to connect!

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